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    Emu Systems Sound Engine

    GM Sound Module

    Emu's Sound Engine is the first dedicated General MIDI module from the USA. Derek Johnson explores GM the American way.

    Reviews Dec 1995
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    Marion Systems Pro Synth

    Synth Module

    Following on from last year's modular MSR2 synth, Marion Systems' new stand-alone Pro Synth seeks to capture the analogue sounds of yesteryear in module format, without recourse to sample-based synthesis techniques. Paul Nagle lends an ear.

    Reviews Nov 1995
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    Roland Sound Expansion Series

    Synth Expander Modules

    Paul White bolts Roland's new range of synth expander modules into his rack, seats himself in the comfy chair, then switches it on.

    Reviews Oct 1995
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    Korg Prophecy

    Solo Synthesizer

    It's not a new synth — it's seven! Korg's amazing new Prophecy offers analogue and FM synthesis, and physical modelling, and still costs under £1000. Unsurprisingly, SOS staff have been dying to review one ever since it was unveiled at this year's Frankfurt Musik Messe. Lucky man Gordon Reid won the toss...

    Reviews Oct 1995
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    Kurzweil K2500R

    Rack Sound Module

    Offering evolution not revolution, the feature-laden K2500R packs one heck of a sonic punch. Paul Ward remains impressed...

    Reviews Oct 1995
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    Making The Most Of Your Emu Proteus: Part 2

    Tips & Techniques

    Paul Farrer looks at ways of using Proteus 2 samples to create a convincing orchestral arrangement.

    Techniques Oct 1995
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    Yamaha MU50 & Yamaha CBX-K1

    Tone Generator & MIDI Keyboard XG

    Two of Yamaha's most recent products, the MU50 synth module and the CBX-K1 mini keyboard, are designed to compliment each other as the nucleus of a budget, GM-compatible music-making setup.. Paul Nagle evaluates the pair, and considers the potentially confusing role of Yamaha's XG MIDI format...

    Reviews Sep 1995
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    Making The Most Of Your Emu Proteus: Part 1

    Tips & Techniques

    In the first of a 2-Part series, Paul Farrer offers some hints and tips for improving the sounds you can coax from Emu's popular Proteus range.

    Techniques Sep 1995
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    Kurzweil K2500R

    Production Station Rack [Preview]

    Long-term K2000 user Paul Ward gets to grips with the latest in Kurzweil's line of groundbreaking synths for just long enough to produce this hands-on preview...

    Reviews Sep 1995
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    Mark Shreeve

    Vintage Gear, Hollywood & Samantha Fox

    Having nearly made it in the '80s with an awesome sound on a par with Trevor Horn's productions, UK electronic music stalwart Mark Shreeve is back, with his sights set on Hollywood. Jonathan Miller discusses vintage gear, multi-million pound albums, and Samantha Fox.

    People Sep 1995
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    Waldorf Microwave 2.0

    Wavetable Synthesizer

    Paul Nagle takes home a version 2.0 Microwave and discovers why this extraordinary instrument continues to enjoy such a long and illustrious life.

    Reviews Aug 1995
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    Korg Trident

    Polysynth (Retro)

    Vintage synth collector and self-confessed Korg fanatic Alex Clarke waxes extremely lyrical about the early '80s Trident — a hybrid of polysynth and string machine.

    Reviews Jul 1995
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    Novation BassStation

    Rack Analogue Synth

    Novation have squeezed the innards of their successful BassStation analogue bass synth into a 1U rackmount model, throwing in some handy new features along the way. Jonathan Miller gets lost in bass...

    Reviews Jul 1995
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    Yamaha MU5

    Tone Generator

    It's 28-voice polyphonic, with 128 sounds and a computer interface — and comes in a box the size of a video tape. Derek Johnson finds out whether size matters after all.

    Reviews Jun 1995
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    Moog Taurus

    Bass Pedals (Retro)

    Paul Ward gets bullish about one of Robert Moog's lesser-known creations - the Taurus bass foot pedals, famed for their thunderous sound and association with some of the 1970s prog rock scene's greatest stars.

    Reviews Jun 1995
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    Roland VG8

    Virtual Guitar System

    Paul White gets truly virtual with Roland's new physical modelling guitar product — and no, it's not a guitar synth!

    Reviews May 1995
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    Korg X5DR

    Synth Module

    More notes, more waveforms, but more money. Is this new module from Korg just more of the same? Derek Johnson finds out...

    Reviews May 1995
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    Yamaha MU80

    Tone Generator

    Could this be the ultimate one-box solution to your sound generation needs? Kevin Earley finds out.

    Reviews Apr 1995
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    Roland System100M

    Modular Synth (Retro)

    At a time when a modular synth could cost as much as an average house, Roland's System 100M was an affordable dream. Chris Carter gets patched in...

    Reviews Apr 1995
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    Roland VG8

    V-Guitar System (Preview)

    Paul White brings back from NAMM exclusive news from Roland's new secret weapon in the physical modelling wars.

    Reviews Mar 1995
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    Quasimidi Technox

    Rackmount Synthesizer

    Following the success of their Quasar synth last year, Quasimidi have launched the new Technox, aimed firmly at the production of electronic dance music. Paul Ward dons his backwards baseball cap and checks it out...

    Reviews Feb 1995
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